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No. 1: Philip Norcross

Law Power 50

Parker McCay may be the epitome of the politically connected law firm, and as chief executive officer  and managing shareholder, Norcross is the nexus of the connections. He is the brother of both George Norcross, the South Jersey political kingmaker, and Donald Norcross, a U.S. congressman representing the First Congressional District.

Those connections have sparked scrutiny of the firm’s activities regarding economic development tax incentives. Partner Kevin Sheehan allegedly wrote a section of the bill that became the Grow NJ program in a way that benefitted Norcross-affiliated businesses in Camden. Thus, Parker McCay is now caught in the political crossfire between Gov. Phil Murphy and the Norcross faction of the state Democratic Party.

The Norcrosses are fighting back and it’s hard to imagine that Murphy’s assault will inflict any lasting damage on the dynasty in general or Parker McCay in particular. At best, Murphy can generate several more months of negative public attention. But unless one of the administration’s investigations turns up actual wrongdoing traceable to George, Donald or Philip, the Norcross machine will almost certainly survive long after Murphy has passed from the scene.

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